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Each file has the basic data and a short description of each resource. Some of them have links to other parts of the web site or related resources.

When we speak about InfoVis we are just referring to Information Visualisation, for short.

The resources are classified by topics:

Information Visualisation

Jerry Isdale's big list of InfoVis links
Jerry Isdale Language : English http://isdale.com/jerry/VR/InfoVis_Links.html

This site contains a big list of resources subdivided in the following categories: Academic, Events, Government, Journals, Links, Papers, People, Products and Reference. 

This is a very commendable list due to its completeness, although somewhat terse since it doesn't give any information on the links. The only way to know if they are interesting or not is to follow them.

Rather complete. 

Cybergeography Research
Martin Dodge  Language : English http://www.cybergeography.com

A very interesting web site devoted to the research of Cybergeography. It contains several parts:

Very well organised, the different sections are subdivided by concepts, which makes it easy to find the information you are looking for.

As an example, the Atlas is sub-divided in: Introduction,  Conceptual,  Artistic,  Geographic,  Cables & Satellites,  Traceroutes,  Census, Topology, Info Maps,  Info Landscapes, Info Spaces, ISP Maps, Web Site Maps, Surf Maps, MUDs & Virtual Worlds, Historical. This represents quite an exhaustive overview of the different types of representation, not only of cyberspace but of InfoVis in general.

This is a very visual resource. In each of the sections there's a series of representative images of the particular representation along with a comment and the link to the corresponding web site. This makes the navigation through this web site easy and attractive.

A walk through this site is enough to see the many perspectives from which Cyberspace visualisation can be reached. It will allow us to change also the way we imagine Internet, some times monolithically bound to the standard look of so many web sites.

It has been translated to several languages, among which you can find the Spanish mirror

An absolute must.

Tim Cribbin's Information Visualisation Pages
Tim Cribbin Language : English http://www.brunel.ac.uk/~cssrtfc

Tim Cribbin's web site contains , under the title useful links, an organised and annotated list on Information Visualisation.

This list is quite biased towards Human-Machine Interface, probably due to the natural links of the author through VIVID, a research centre on the topic.

An interesting list to watch. "

OLIVE
Michael Reed  & Dan Heller Language : English http://www.otal.umd.edu/Olive

OLIVE, is the acronym of 'On-line Library of Information Visualization Environments'

It's the product of a course (CMSC 828/838S) held in fall 1997 by Ben Shneiderman. It spins around a taxonomy of Information Visualisation proposed by Shneiderman and a reference set elaborated by Chris North and called A Taxonomy of Information Visualization User-Interfaces

 

This site is not a list in the linear sense of the term. The organisation of the web site is taken from the taxonomic approach. Each category has a series of sections:

  • Background.
  • Tasks in which the exposed environments are used.
  • Ongoing Projects¬† .
  • Available Products within each category.
  • References and bibliography.
  • Videos.

The last update was in Sep. 1997 and January 1998 (as of the date of posting this entry).

An interesting resource centre on InfoVis. Recommended.

InfoVis:Wiki
IKE at Danube University Krems, Austria Language : English http://www.infovis-wiki.net/

The InfoVis:Wiki project aims at providing a community platform and forum integrating recent developments and news on all areas and aspects of Information Visualization.

Using editable‚Äďby‚Äďanyone Wiki technology constitutes one of its strengths, since this is a very good way to maintain the information up to date and knowledge exchange in motion.

It has many sections,from events to web sites, passing through people or companies.

InfoVis:Wiki is an initiative of the Department of Information and Knowledge Engineering at Danube University Krems.

Indispensable for every one interested in InfoVis

VisualComplexity
Manuel Lima Language : English http://www.visualcomplexity.com

According to its author, VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks.

The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web.

The website is a catalogue of visualisations that can be accessed directly by clicking on the thumbnails of the images that appear in the home page.

It's a very interesting and quite extensive collection of visualisations that can act as an inspiration engine for other visualisations or as a reference source on the visualisation of networks in different fields.

Miscellaneous

Akiyoshi's illusion pages
Akiyoshi Kitaoka Language : English http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/kic/~akitaoka/index-e.html

Kitaoka Akiyoshi, an associate professor in the Humanities Faculty Department of Psychology, is one of the only scholars in Japan actively researching the science of visual illusions. Professor Kitaoka defines an illusion as a misperception of a real object, adding that defining what is real is a difficult task that depends on recognition and epistemology. An illusion is formed when the perceived characteristics of the object differ from the physical characteristics.

Professor Kitaoka first started studying visual illusions when working at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience, before coming to RU. He currently researches geometrical, color, lightness, and motion illusions and visual completion, and has become a prominent expert in the field, publishing a wide range of articles on the subject as well as the popular books Trick Eyes, Trick Eyes 2, Trick Eyes Graphics, and the Handbook of the Science of Illusion.

To create his illusions, Professor Kitaoka uses graphic design software such as CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, and the drawing software included in Microsoft Word in addition to making use of programming languages like Borland Delphi (Pascal). While many people find his illusions beautiful, he considers the illusion designs not art, but the results of scientific experiments. All of the images set out to test hypotheses that serve to advance his study of illusions and their applications for other visual functions. The goal of his research is to test visual mechanisms through visual illusions.

In a study to see why some people see illusions while others do not, Professor Kitaoka found a statistically significant correlation between age and the illusion magnitude, when using his popular Rotating Snakes illusion image. The issue of why an older person perceives less illusion magnitude than a younger person is currently under study by his collaborators, but he hypothesizes that it has to do with involuntary eye movement and that measuring eye movement will lead to an answer to the question.

Professor Kitaoka participates in the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), based in Florida, and the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP). He also collaborates with international colleagues, including Italian illusion scholar Baingio Pinna of the University of Sassari, with whom he has published several papers. In addition, because his research approaches illusions from a phenomenological level, rather than a mechanical level, he often also works closely with psychophysicists within Japan, such as Professor Kuriki Ichiro at the NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Professor Ashida Hiroshi at Kyoto University, and Professor Murakami Ikuya at the University of Tokyo , whose works help to explain illusions with modeling studies.

mentegrafica
Daniele Galiffa Language : English http://www.mentegrafica.it/

Mentegrafica is a blog created by Daniele Galiffa, where he has included things regarding his professional interests on Information Visualization, User Experience, Mobile and Rich Internet Applications (RIAs)

Daniele Galiffa is an italian IT Consultant, based in Milan( Italy ), researching and working in the fields of e-Learning, Information Visualization, Knowledge Management, Rich Internet Applications and OnLineCollaboration. In 2004 he gained a degree in Industrial Design at Politecnico di Milano about creating a new User Experience in using Graphical User Interface to understand and edit data. The final outcome has been an InfoVis Flash ActionScript based Application He started doing research and design on InfoVis in 2001.

His first infoVis project was about a new way of reading and discovering the famous Italian book by Alessandro Manzoni: “I promessi sposi“. The idea was to understand the complexity around characters, places, events in the whole story He is currently working on several projects, mainly focusing on infovis solutions for sports data.

Usability

Useit
Jakob Nielsen Language : English http://www.useit.com

One of the most visited web sites on usability. Although the graphics are almost non existent and the structure of the web is very simple, it is really both a very usable and useful web site.

The web is the showcase of the research and experience of Jakob Nielsen, one of the most authorised gurus on the topic of Usability. It's divided into 2 sections, one of permanent contents and another devoted to the new contents of the web.

Particularly interesting are the articles that writes Nielsen in a weekly basis within the section 'Alertbox'. In this web you can find distilled and proven ideas on how to make a usable web.

Indispensable

Usability Views
Chris McEvoy Language : English http://www.usabilityviews.com/

In the words of Christopher Sean McEvoy, author of UsabilityViews, this web appeared in the year 2002 as "an attempt to collect and organise links to articles that were of interest to me" It contains references to articles related to usability, accesibility, HCI, ... During the first three years, Chris added on average ten articles a day, that means 10000 articles in the period.

Chris publishes a blog called Confusability. about usability, accesibility, web design, etc. He also publishes a site called usabilitymustdie.com Since Chris maintains the site as a hobby, it is updated approximatley once or twice a week, depending on his free time.

The web has the following main sections: 'Most articles', 'Recent Articles', 'Popular articles', 'Multimedia', 'Collections', 'Books' In December 2002, Chris included the section "Userati" which contains a group of people concerned with issues relating to software and users, who are known to their peers. This page shows connections between different people who work in, or have been influential in the field of usability.

Vision

Viscog.net
Daniel Simons Language : English http://viscog.net/

Viscognet was created in June-2000 by Daniel Simons, professor in Visual Cognition at Cornell University. This site contains links to researchers and resources in the field of visual cognition. All of the resources on this site are divided into several sections

Sections that can be accessed :

  • People. This page contains links to researchers known to be studying visual cognition.
  • Resources. Links to all known resources and sites related to visual cognition. This page includes links to labs, journals, databases, demonstrations, experiments, societies, and more.
  • Databases. Links to databases with resources relevant to visual cognition. For example, the databases category includes the new Change Detection Database as well as links to compilations of visual illusions, history of psychology sites, and other relevant collections
  • Demos. Links to the web sites with Experimental or other demonstrations of phenomena in visual cognition
  • Experiments. Links to on-line experiments in visual cognition which you can participate in. The site also contains links to experimental code that can be downloaded
  • Journals. Links to the web sites for journals relevant for Visual Cognition, including both print and electronic journals
  • Publishers. Links to publishers who produce books on visual cognition
  • Jobs. Postings of jobs (RA, post-doc, faculty) in Visual Cognition. This page also includes links to other academic job sites.

Visualisation

Visible Human Project
NLM-NIH Language : English http://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/visible/visible_human.html

Impressive. An eefort coordinated by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institute of Health.

The human body digitised with a resolution of 1 millimeter for the man and 1/3 of millimeter in the case of the woman. This digitisation has been made using images of Computerised Axial Tomography, Magnetic Resonance, and cryosections.

The goal is to build a model of the human body for educational and reference purposes. A first result of visualisation is the anatomic database Anatline.

There's a spanish version at castellano.

Beides the medical interest, it's very relevant variety of visualising tools available for just one source of inrormation.

It's also interesting to see two other related sites

  • Biomodel. They build three dimensional objects reproducing parts of the human body.
  • GivenImaging. Manufacturers of a pill that takes pictures of the intestine

Although it can't be considered properly a visualisation site, it's a very good example of the intelligent use of technology . Interesting.

Web Design

A List Apart. For People who makes Websites
Jeffrey Zeldman & Brian Platz Language : English http://www.alistapart.com

This is a website aimed to be a reference and source of ideas for the professionals devoted to creating web sites with a special focus on techniques and benefits of designing with web standards.

It was created by Jeffrey Zeldman and Brian Platz.

A list apart contains many interesting articles about divulgation or discussion.

Originally this website was, as its name suggests, a distribution list, nowadays substituted by a service that lets you know when a new article is released..

A good website to keep updated about web creation. Recommended.

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